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Asian Chicken Salad with Crunchy Ramen
and almonds / avocado / edamame

Active: 25 minTotal: 45 min

This potluck favorite has a tangy dressing and gets great crunch from dried and toasted ramen noodles (just the college-student-favorite Instant Ramen variety). This meal was last featured in 2018; we've added celery this time around for even more crunch.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette:
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1/2 tsp
Asian Chicken Salad with Crunchy Ramen:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, cubed
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Cabbage, Napa - 8 oz, shredded
  • Celery - 2 stalks, chopped
  • Green onions (opt) - 2 stalks, sliced, white and green parts combined
  • Edamame, shelled, fresh or frozen - 1 cup
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup
  • Noodles, dried ramen (3 oz / 85 g) - 1 package, crushed, seasoning packet discarded
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Marinate chicken - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating while chicken marinates.) Cube chicken and combine with soy sauce and vinegar (portions for salad). Tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar (portion for vinaigrette), honey, and soy sauce (portion for vinaigrette). Add cooking oil (portion for vinaigrette) and toasted sesame oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cabbage / Celery / Green onions (if using) - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Edamame - If using frozen, defrost in the microwave.
  5. Avocados - Cube avocados.

Make

  1. Heat oven to 350F / 177C degrees.
  2. Spread almonds out on a sheet pan. Break dry ramen noodles into small pieces with your hands and add to the pan. (Discard any seasoning packets that came with the ramen.)
  3. Transfer sheet pan to heated oven and toast until almonds are light golden brown, shaking pan halfway through cooking, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. While almonds and ramen toast, heat a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil (portion for salad). Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and add to wok. Season chicken with some salt and pepper as it cooks. Saute until chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. Combine cabbage, celery, green onions, edamame, avocados, chicken, ramen, and almonds in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Give vinaigrette a stir and pour over salad ingredients. Toss until all ingredients are well combined. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Enjoy salad immediately while noodles still have their crunch!

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Reviews

This meal has 43 reviews

This was a great mix of textures and flavors. I love the suggestion to add mandarins, so I'll try that next time to brighten this up a bit.

By: Melissa
Posted: Sep 12, 2019
Diet: Original

I made it with chicken for our omnivores, and tofu for our vegans. Good meal!

By: Linda
Posted: Sep 09, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Loved. Needs more dressing. Added mandarin oranges.

By: Sabrina
Posted: Sep 08, 2019
Diet: Original

I liked this for the most part but didn't like the celery in it. I think carrots would have worked better.

By: Stacey
Posted: Sep 08, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Pretty good. I think I'd make a little more vinaigrette next time.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Sep 06, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

I didn't think I was going to like this (because of my general food preferences) and was shocked when it turned out to be delicious. I really enjoyed it. The dressing is perfect, and I love the crunch of the ramen. I forgot the edamame - a crime, since I LOVE edamame - so I'll have to try it again one day, properly.

By: Andrea
Posted: Sep 05, 2019
Diet: Original